A Heacham man has gone on trial accused of a string of sex attacks against two young girls, some of which are said to date back more than 40 years.
Former pub landlord Peter Lee, 75, of Lords Lane, has pleaded not guilty to 19 charges, which a jury at Ipswich Crown Court heard were specimen charges relating to a much larger number of alleged offences.
Opening the case yesterday, Charles Myatt, prosecuting, told the court that Lee was a “Jekyll and Hyde” character.
He said: “He had a public front as the life and soul of any situation, everyone got on with him, but behind the scenes he was a physical and sexual bully.”
Lee denies 13 counts of indecent assault on a girl aged under 16 and six charges of gross indecency with a girl aged under 16.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place in Haverhill, Suffolk, between 1972 and 1981 and relate to two victims, who were aged between nine and 15 at the time,
The older of the two victims, who is now in her early 50s, told the jury she had been abused on an almost weekly basis by Lee, whom she claimed had warned her not to tell anyone what had taken place.
The court was told the women, who came forward in January this year, had been encouraged to go to police following media coverage of several high-profile sex abuse cases.
But, following his arrest, Lee denied the allegations and said he could not understand why they would lie about him.The case continues.